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Junior Sister/Charge Nurse

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
There are so many reasons to join our team at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.Aside from our fantastic staff, we have lots of exciting things going on.Our plans for ourEye Hospital in Sunderland are taking shape and will be our new home, with work due to start later this year. The new hospital means Sunderland will remain home to the regions only dedicated standalone eye hospital. It will strengthen our excellent reputation across the NHS, both regionally and nationally as a centre of excellence for ophthalmology care.

We also never stay still when it comes to discovering new and better treatments. As one of the few specialist eye hospitals in the country, research and using developing technology is a key part of our work. We encourage innovation and research in everything we do. There is always something to get involved in.If you share our vision for'excellence in all that we do', wed love you to join us!

We wish to recruit a highly motivated, flexible Junior Sister/Charge Nurse to lead our experienced team within Theatres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. The ideal candidate will have live NMC Registration and evidence of continuing professional development with experience or a keen interest in ophthalmology or theatres. This is a challenging role for an individual who has a desire to develop their theatre and ophthalmic skills. The successful candidate will be supported by trained theatre staff and provided with a comprehensive induction programme.

Main duties of the job

In the absence of the Theatre manager, take charge of the department.

Be responsible for daily management, including work allocation, deployment and supervision of staff, to ensure smooth running of the area

Lead the team, participating within the team as required in the clinical daily activity including scrubbing, primary nursing and recovering the patients from general anaesthesia.

Be responsible for the assessment and planning of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care.

Act as a clinical role model and to teach qualified and unqualified staff, supporting development, progression and implementation of ophthalmicdevelopments.

Possess great communication and teaching skills, helping to improve practitioners practice whilst supporting the whole team.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be responsible and accountable for the safe, effective and compassionate nursing care for all patients in ward/department area.

To exercise accountability as set out in the NMC Code

To supervise, support and educate junior members of the team, acting as a role model

Support ward/department manager to ensure organisational goals/objectives are met within ward/department

When taking charge of the ward/department or in the absence of the ward/department manager, is directly responsible for ensuring that clinical, professional and cleanliness standards are maintained in the entire ward/department

To ensure effective communication internally and externally regarding patient care and resources

To comply with the trusts vision, values and behavioural compact.

Person Specification



  • Experience as a Band 5
  • Thorough understanding of contemporary nursing issues
  • Evidence of leading change management in ward/dept area
  • Evidence of practice development
  • Experience of coordinating a team in caring for patients from admission to discharge


  • Expertise within the speciality
  • Experience of line management of staff



  • Current Part 1 NMC registration
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Degree in nursing studies or evidence that currently working towards this


  • Management and leadership qualification, or course attendance or working towards
  • Mentorship or teaching qualification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Awareness of national health and social care policy
  • Knowledge of best practice in area of specialism
  • Thorough understanding of expanded roles/professional practice issues
  • Clinical teaching experience
  • Ability to provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information, where persuasive, motivational, negotiating, training, empathic or reassurance skills are required
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft office packages
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Mentorship skills
  • Appraisal skills
  • Evidence of competency in relation to nursing practices appropriate to the post


  • Understanding of budget and financial control systems

Physical Skills


  • Ability to assist patients to move as per Trust Moving and Handling Policy

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Eye Infirmary

Queen Alexandra Road



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